Join IST’s Research Computing team September 24-28 for workshops on a variety of research computing topics.

Patrick Mann, Director of Operations at WestGrid, kicks off a week full of research computing activities with valuable tips for writing a research allocation proposal. Mann’s areas of focus include cloud computing, virtualization, networking, systems architecture, system administration, and collaboration.

Additional events will run through September 28 and include a marketplace, one-on-one consultations, workshops on Shell, Regex, OpenRefine, and more!

Browse workshops below:

Research Solutions Centre
Date: September 24
Time: 11:00-12:30pm
Location: GSB 2-10

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Research computing on campus is supported by a number of different people and organizations making it the case that deploying new or suitably complicated projects can be difficult to coordinate. This session uses a drop-in “speed networking” format designed to facilitate several quick conversations to discover common challenges and share the things that can help you get your research done. You’ll also meet library staff involved in supporting research data management and learn about what they offer and be able to quickly scaffold together a plan for deploying your research.

Writing a Great Research Allocation Proposal with WestGrid's Patrick Mann
Date: September 24
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: GSB 2-17
Facilitator: Patrick Mann

Register now! ***Note: This event is almost at capacity and you may be placed on a waitlist for this event. If you are placed on a waitlist you will be notified.

Patrick has been one of the principal designers of Compute Canada’s annual resource allocation competition (RAC) for many years and will be sharing his knowledge to enable you to increase the likelihood of a successful submission. In previous presentations at other sites Patrick’s presentation has increased application success from less than 20% to over 80%. This presentation will also include an introduction to the U of A research computing team, WestGrid, and one hour for Q&A.

An Intro to Cloud Computing

Date: September 25
Time: 11:00-11:50am
Location: CCIS L1-150
Facilitator: Erming Pei

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This introduction to the concept of cloud computing, led by Compute Canada National Cloud Team member Erming Pei, will introduce the national cloud systems, cloud federation plan, and include a quick demo of using the Compute Canada Cloud. This workshop is meant as a conceptual introduction in advance of hands-on workshops that will come later. The goal of this workshop is to provide clarity of around the cloud services offered by the Compute Canada Federation. 

HPC Carpentry: Shell
Date: September 25
Time: 1:00-3:50pm
Location: CCIS L1-150
Facilitator: John Simpson

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This is the first workshop in a three part series designed to move researchers from no previous experience using high performance computing (HPC) clusters towards a position of confident and competence. The HPC clusters available for research use to U of A researchers all use various flavours of Linux and so some experience in a command line environment is needed to begin to use them. This workshop provides that background in a friendly, jargon-minimized, hands-on environment.

HPC Carpentry: Intro
Date: September 26
Time: 9:00-11:50am
Location: CCIS L1-150
Facilitator: Kamil Marcinkowski

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This is the second workshop in a three part series designed to move researchers from no previous experience using high performance computing (HPC) clusters towards a position of confident and competence. This workshop focuses on the mechanics of submitting programs (aka “jobs”) to the clusters so that they can be scheduled and run. Led by Kamil Marcinkowski, scheduling team lead for Compute Canada, this workshop will contain extra emphasis on interacting with the scheduler to ensure that your work is getting done rather than sitting in the queue. This workshop provides that background in a friendly, jargon-minimized, hands-on environment.

HPC Carpentry: Beyond
Date: September 26
Time: 1:00-3:50pm
Location: CCIS L1-207
Facilitator: Chris Want

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This is the third workshop in a three part series designed to move researchers from no previous experience using high performance computing (HPC) clusters towards a position of confident and competence. This final workshop focuses builds on the previous two by covering content that will influence how programs are written and compiled in the first place to make sure that you are getting the most work done for the time you have on the system. This workshop provides that background in a friendly, jargon-minimized, hands-on environment.

Regular Expressions
Date: September 28
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: John Simpson

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A gentle, hands-on introduction to reading and writing regular expressions. Emphasis will be put on using regex101.com as a tool for both developing regular expressions you need to write and understanding those that you may have found elsewhere. If there is interest, a longer workshop will be offered in the future.

Introduction to Tableau
Date: September 28
Time: 11:00-12:00pm
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: Colin Young

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An overview of Tableau, a data visualization tool that is gathering growing interest because it is relatively simple to use to produce insightful visualizations that are also aesthetically appealing. While Tableau is a paid piece of software some time will also be devoted to covering how it is available to researchers on campus. If there is interest shown a longer workshop will be offered in the future.

Data Management Planning 101
Date: September 28
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: James Doiron

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James Doiron, Research Data Management (RDM) Services Coordinator for the University of Alberta Libraries, will offer an applied session focused upon research data management planning. Topics covered will include the importance and benefits of DMPs, how they can support your research, as well as an in-depth look at their content. Additionally, a hands-on demonstration of the freely available Portage Data Management Planning (DMP) Assistant platform will be offered. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops should they wish to create a DMP Assistant account and learn to navigate and use this gold standard data management planning tool.

Digital Storytelling using Storymap.js and Timeline.js
Date: September 28
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: Lydia Zvyagintseva

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This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to two free, web-based tools for representing spatial and temporal data. We will practice uploading content and arranging data points in Storymap as well as understand how to format research findings into data required to make a timeline.

OpenRefine
Date: September 28
Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: Celine Gareau-Brennan and Abigail Sparling

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This session will introduce participants to OpenRefine, a powerful free and open source tool to work with large datasets. We will quickly work through how to use OpenRefine to effectively clean and format data and automatically track any changes. This session is suitable for beginners with no prior knowledge of OpenRefine.

Command Line Basics and Data Cleaning
Date: September 28
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: Danoosh Davoodi and Mariana P. Olea

Register now! ***Note: This event is almost at capacity and you may be placed on a waitlist for this event. If you are placed on a waitlist you will be notified.

Command line interface (OS shell) and graphic user interface (GUI) are different ways of interacting with a computer’s operating system. The shell is a program that allows you to control your computer using commands entered with a keyboard instead of a visual interface/mouse/keyboard combination.

There are good reasons to learn command line basics. 1) When you need to repeat tasks tens to hundreds of times, knowing how to use the shell is great. Learning basic command line is useful to complete your work more efficiently and quickly. 2) For many research tools used for processing or visualizing data, there is no graphical interface and all operations are completed through the shell. 3) To use remote computers or cloud computing, you need to know command line basics.

This lesson guides you through the basics of file systems and the shell. If you have stored files on a computer at all and recognize the word “file” and either “directory” or “folder” (two common words for the same thing), you’re ready for this lesson. Instructors will aim to create a comfortable environment for total beginners while adapting content to match attendee's different experience levels. Please bring your own laptop.

Research Computing Fall Bootcamp is held in collaboration with University of Alberta Libraries and Information Services & Technology (IST).

Patrick Mann - WestGrid Manager, Technical Operations

Keynote Speaker

Writing a Great Research Allocation Proposal
Patrick Mann, Director of Operations at WestGrid

Patrick Mann has a broad range of academic and commercial expertise as an IT and computational science specialist. His areas of focus include cloud computing, virtualization, networking, systems architecture, system administration, and collaboration.

Patrick has been one of the principal designers of Compute Canada’s annual resource allocation competition (RAC) for many years and will be sharing his knowledge to enable you to increase the likelihood of a successful submission.  In previous presentations at other sites Patrick’s presentation has increased application success from less than 20% to over 80%. This presentation will also include an introduction to the U of A research computing team, WestGrid, and one hour for Q&A.

Date: September 24
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: GSB 2-17

Register now! ***Note: This event is almost at capacity and you may be placed on a waitlist for this event. If you are placed on a waitlist you will be notified.

 

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